Cleveland Indians sign Jason Giambi to minor-league deal

Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi in the dugout

Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi in the dugout prior to a game against the Mets last month. (Credit: Christopher Pasatieri)

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians have signed first baseman-designated hitter Jason Giambi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Indians announced the signing Saturday, six days ahead of the team's first full-squad workout.

The 42-year-old Giambi spent the past three-plus seasons filling a part-time role with the Rockies. The 2000 AL MVP was a mentor to younger players and he interviewed for Colorado's managerial position this offseason.

Giambi could become the Indians' DH, a role filled by veterans Jim Thome and Travis Hafner in recent years.

A five-time All-Star, Giambi has 429 homers — just one in 89 at-bats for Colorado last year — 1405 RBIs and a .280 average in 18 big league seasons with Oakland, the Yankees and Rockies. Known for his patience at the plate, Giambi has a career on-base percentage of .403.

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